Long the obvious choice for consumers seeking an athletic mid-size sedan, the Mazda Mazda6 adds another virtue to its long list of capabilities: safety. The old Mazda6, with the brand's stunning design, luxurious features, and a peppy turbocharged engine, was an option that had everything consumers wanted. The 2019 Mazda Mazda6 adds more standard safety features across the range to improve upon that winning recipe.
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2019 Mazda Mazda6 Overview
What's New for 2019
The Mazda6 benefits from the automaker's i-Activsense suite of safety features as standard for 2019. Every Mazda6 now comes with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. The brand's G-Vectoring Control Plus system, which improves the steering response, is also now standard across the lineup.
Choosing Your Mazda Mazda6
With the introduction of the 2.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine last year, the Mazda6 continues to offer two powertrains for consumers.
The standard engine is a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Last year's six-speed manual transmission has been axed, so all you'll find with the Mazda6 is a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is the sole offering, as well. Offered on the mid-level Grand Touring trim and above is the same four-cylinder that adds a turbocharger into the mix. The engine is rated to make 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
With the manual transmission now dead, the Mazda6 gets an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 combined with the base engine. Moving up to the turbocharged unit drops fuel economy to 23/31/26 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Compare the Mazda6 to the new Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, and the numbers aren't in Mazda's favor, but the Mazda6 is one of the few vehicles that manages to be better than the numbers let on. Mazda's iconic sharp handling can be found on every sedan, while higher trims not only have upscale features, but design, quality, and fit-and-finish to rival true luxury brands. If you're one of the few that continues to side with sedans in the great war with crossovers and SUVs, the Mazda6 is sure to tug at your heart.
There are five Mazda6 trims to choose from:
The turbocharged engine is worth the price of admission, as is opting for one of the higher 2019 Mazda Mazda6 trims, as they bring premium features and an upscale feel. While on the pricey side, the Grand Touring Reserve trim has the right amount of luxury features to separate itself from other mid-size sedans. If you're a fan of red cars, Mazda's Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint is stunning and worth the extra $595.
2019 Mazda Mazda6 Review
Gorgeous styling. Long held as the automaker that makes some of the prettiest vehicles on the road, the 2019 Mazda Mazda6 continues the trend with a striking design. Unlike competitors that have switched to edgier, more jagged designs, the Mazda6 features swoops, curves, and clean lines for an organic and upscale look.
Smack a badge from a full-on luxury brand onto the Mazda6, and the car will easily fool some into thinking this is a much more expensive model. No mid-size sedan deserves to look this good.
Impressive safety. For 2019, Mazda bolstered the Mazda6's safety features. All now come with the automaker's i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety features as standard.
Standard safety features include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams.
Capable performance. The Mazda6 is available with two engines. The base motor is a 2.5-liter inline-four that generates 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Grand Touring trims and higher come with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that's good for 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. While the engines provide the Mazda6 with a competitive amount of power, its handling is truly inspiring.
On the open road, the Mazda6 is a lush cruiser, soaking up bumps and doling out a soft and comfortable ride over long trips. Around corners, the steering is sharp, body roll is kept to a minimum, and there's fluidity to the way it moves. When it comes to handling, few can compete with the Mazda6, as it's a segment leader.
Pricey, in more ways than one. While the Mazda6's base price of $24,720 is on par for the mid-size segment, pricing tops out at $36,020 for the Signature trim. While the Mazda6 feels like it's worth it, there's no denying that $36k for a mid-size sedan is expensive.
You'll spend a pretty penny at the gas pump, too. With the standard 2.5-liter engine, the Mazda6 is rated by the EPA to get 26 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 combined. Going with the turbocharged engine brings fuel economy of 23/31/26 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Final thoughts. If there's one mid-size sedan that can change your mind about switching from a crossover or SUV, it's the 2019 Mazda Mazda6. Luxurious, comfortable, and fun to drive, the Mazda6 highlights all of the best qualities of a sedan. It's also one of the best-looking cars on the road.
Safe? Check. Punchy engine? Check. Space for five? Check. While we're extremely happy with the way the Mazda6 handles, rides, and looks, we're left wanting more performance from the engine and better fuel economy. A hybrid model down the road would be a great addition to the lineup. It's only been a year since Mazda cut the manual transmission from the lineup, but we already miss it.
When it comes to competitors, both the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry have hybrid versions, but you don't have to go with an electrified version to get better fuel economy than the Mazda6, as regular variants are more efficient. The Nissan Altima has a trick variable compression engine and available all-wheel drive.
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